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Phillies add offensive blast to Game 2, wrap up with Marlins today

The Phillies were firing on all cylinders towards the middle of yesterday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Backed by rock-solid pitching in Zack Wheeler, the Phils offensive juggernaut took a while to get going but once it did, there was no looking back. A 7-1 victory was the final tally and the runs came from a guy (more on him later) who had a stellar day. We’re still waiting for Cutch, Hoskins, and Harper to get with the program.

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It was a 4:05 PM start yesterday, the stadium would have likely have been packed, but people are spending their entertainment dollars in different ways. I passed by a local Texas Roadhouse and they have about 50 tables full of families eating outside in slightly oppressive heat but under umbrellas at the tables, I would say there was about 150 people easily squeezed into a quite small area in the converted parking lot.

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Baseball is played completely outdoors, I can’t see why on earth there aren’t fans allowed inside these massive ‘outside venues’. You could limit the number of fans but for sure there should be fans that can go to a baseball game if they want to.

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Back to the game, it was Phil Gosselin (who?) as the star of the game yesterday. We’ve seen him before on Gabe Kapler’s Phillies, he is (locally produced) an off the bench kind of player who can really play. He had 2 HRs for the Phils yesterday going 3-3 and it proved why he made this team.

Vince Velasquez gets the ball for the Phillies today, I was watching the post-game show yesterday for a few minutes and Ricky Bottalico was really emphasizing that VV needs to have a good game for the Phillies today. He can’t revert back to the ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ type of pitcher that he’s been for a long time here in Philadelphia. Vince is 27-34 in his MLB career, I guess Ricky knows or is hoping for something to change with that. These type of pitchers have a home in the MLB, they make about 10-12 million a year to pitch like this, amazing but true. We’ll see if Velasquez can start off on the right foot this afternoon for the Phillies.

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